Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 30th, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.

1.Romney Rising

It is looking more and more like Mitt Romney will be the big winner in the Florida Primary on Tuesday. Over the weekend the website Real Clear Politics put the average lead in polls for Romney at 11.3 points. Romney has been helped in the polls due to his great debate performances and the fact that he has been able to blanket the state in ads. Gingrich is quickly falling in the polls and must find a way to stop the bleeding before Tuesday morning.

If Romney wins by 10 or more points that could spell disaster for the Gingrich plan. After Florida, we won't have another debate until February 22nd. Nevada, Minnesota, Colorado, and Maine will all have caucuses and the person with the momentum and money has the upper hand in those contests.

Florida is much more important to Gingrich than Romney. The Romney camp can survive a loss in Florida. I'm not sure Gingrich can. As for Rick Santorum, watch for him to exit the race after Florida. I'm not sure how he can continue with no money and no momentum at all.

2. Glen Robertson is running for Mayor

Glen Robertson, who lost to Victor Hernandez in 2010, has decided to challenge Mayor Tom Martin this spring. According to one report, Robertson is running for Mayor because he feels the city has a problem with debt and taxes.

This will be an interesting race to watch because of the debate that could play out. As you've heard on LFN many times, Mayor Martin doesn't believe taxes and fees are the same thing. Robertson, along with many others believe they are. Especially when it comes to storm-water fees and waste-water fees that have continued to rise. What will the voters say? Stay tuned.

3.  Senator Jim DeMint Today (link)

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint will appear on LFN this morning at 7:07am to discuss his new book Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse. We will also discuss with him the upcoming Florida Primary and the GOP race.

Speaking of guests, candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, Craig James, will appear Wednesday on Lubbock's First News at 8:07am. Tell your friends and tune in!

4. Dumb story of the morning (link)

Game of tag turns bad for a 6 year old.

An East Bay dad claims a game of tag on the playground resulted in his 6-year-old son being accused of sexual assault – a decision he said was an overreaction by school officials.

The parent, who asked only to be identified as Oswin, said his son was accused of brushing his best friend’s leg or groin while the two were playing on the playground at Lupine Hills Elementary in Hercules two months ago.

Oswin said his child was kept in the principal’s office for two hours until he confessed. He was suspended, and a sexual battery charge was placed on his permanent school record.

“To me, I think it’s an overreaction,” said Marilyn Cheeks, a Lupine Hills Elementary parent

Legally, there’s no such thing as sexual assault for a six year-old in California.

It wasn’t until Oswin and his wife got a lawyer that the school backed off. District officials declined to discuss specifics. They did confirm that an investigation was conducted, and that the child could not be charged with sexual battery. The claim was removed from the boy’s record.

Oswin’s son is attending another school now. He said he only hopes no one else will have to go through what his family did.

I wonder if this school allows touch football.

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